Item # HED000S
HED Jet 5 Express Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher $1,399.95
The quiet giant.
HED doesn't fall victim to marketing hype. Even though it is a true innovator and holds several patents for torodial rim shapes and wind-cheating technologies, you don't often hear it making a big deal about an innovation. More often than not, the innovations show up as subtle changes in each line. The Jet 5 Express Clincher Wheelset is no exception. Its quality speaks louder than any marketing hype.
HED's Jet 5 Express fits, quite logically, in between the Jet 4 and Jet 6 models. It features a 54mm rim depth, yet it shares a closer kinship with the 60mm Jet 6, rather than the 44mm Jet 4. This size differential says something to HED's general wheel philosophy: Aerodynamics before weight reduction. And at around 1681 grams per set, the Jet 5 is only a little heavier than the Jet 6. so, what is the primary distinction between the Express and its brethren -- it doesn't share the Flamme Rouge (FR) designation of either the 4 or 6. This means that it beats them rather handily on price, at only the cost of a few grams.
However, this shouldn't become a matter of stress or contemplation. With a new construction and a new rim shape, this budget wheel outperforms the Jet 6 FR. This is attributable to two criteria. One being that HED has switched its top layer from woven carbon-fiber to a uni-directional carbon fiber. Besides the smooth aesthetic, there's a practical benefit at work, too. The uni-directional cloth is flatter, so it requires less resin to adhere to the other layers. This results in the same strength and rigidity with less overall weight. The second thing, and this is throughout the line, is that the spoke end of the rim has a more rounded, wider shape (more 'blunt,' or less V-like) at 23mm. This creates a faster and more stable platform than traditional V-shaped rims.
For handling, HED employed its SCT Technology in order to compensate for the Jet 5's 54mm effective rim depth. This means that the wheel has been tuned in accordance to handling at its depth. Ultimately, SCT strikes the ideal balance between crosswind handling and aerodynamic gains without compromising the Jet's weight or natural rigidity. Additionally, the aforementioned 23mm rim width design is the result of what HED call its C2 technology -- representing the two Cs of speed, Crr and Cda, standing for the coefficient of rolling resistance and aerodynamics, respectively. With these two principles in mind, HED designed the Jet 5 to create a more efficient interface with the tire, resulting in the 23mm width at the brake track. This wider-is-better technology isn't a bunch of marketing smoke and mirrors, however. It directly results in an 18% reduction to rolling resistance, and a massive gain to laminar airflow over the 75mm rim depth of the wheels.
The wheels roll on HED's Sonic hubs, with a flange-less, 18-hole hub in front, and a 24-hole flanged design in rear. For the front hub, HED laced it radially for aerodynamics, while the rear is laced two-cross for lateral strength. As for the spokes, the Jet 5 features Sapim's CX-Ray Bladed spokes.
The HED Jet 5 Express Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagolo compatible freehub body. Please note that Shimano freehub option is compatible with the Shimano 11-speed shift systems. The set is packaged with steel-shafted skewers, HED Rim Tape, and valve extenders. HED does not recommend this wheelset for anyone weighing over 190lbs.
- Deep, toroidal rim shape for maximum aerodynamic efficiency
- Wide, 23mm rim
- 54mm deep
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Reviews & Community
Are these available with black decals, or is white lettering the only option? Thanks!
Hey Kevin, just the white decal available.
Great aero all arounders
I have been riding these wheels for a few years in a variety of conditions and have found them to be a reliable and high performing set of wheels. I believe the wider rims contribute to nice ride quality as often stated in reviews and press. They are noticeably faster at higher speeds then shallow section rims.
In general, I use them on mixed terrain and braking and handling is great. On high wind gust days, any mid to deep section will get some push so just be aware.
The only thing I'd mention is that although the mixed carbon, aluminum approach has proven highly reliable it does requires extra care to prevent cracking in the top carbon cap. It is a light, non structural fairing, so I would not recommend hanging these from a typical garage mount wheel hook and you may see small cracking in the carbon fairing if the fairing happened to get impact from road debris, etc. I had a very unfortunate direct hit at speed that probably would have taco'd an ordinary wheel and the only damage was a minor truing and a small fairing crack. It ultimately was not a concern which HED support confirmed. Frankly a lesser wheel probably would have been done.
I'd highly recommend the wheels and the brand and would buy them again. Great hubs too!
First ride impressions: impressed
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
A couple of disclaimers before you read on: 1) the only comparison I have for these wheels is the factory wheels that came with my bike, which I've been using the past 3 years. 2) I've only had one ride with my wheels around my go-to loop, so these are my initial reactions from my ride.
Today was windy, so I was looking forward to seeing if HED's technology would hold up to the claims made. Having never ridden deep section wheels, I was nervous to see if I would get blown around the road. I was really surprised at how well they handled the wind from any direction. Even when big gusts would kick up, I didn't have to make any major corrections and the wheels definitely responded how I imagine 40mms would. So big win for HED in that column.
In the few respites I had from the wind, these wheels picked up speed fast. They were fun on the short descents and I set a few PR's on the flat sections despite the wind. They held their speed well and the 23mm rim width really did make such a difference on the rough Colorado roads. I put my 25mm tires on and had them at 70/80 PSI and felt I could let even more air out for comfort. I'm 5'11" and 180lbs for reference.
When I stood on the pedals, they felt stiff and responsive without flex, given the aluminum box they're built on. I felt in a few pedal strokes I could get up to speed and the wheels were doing most of the work. They felt smooth on long false flats and gave me an extra kick on the short pitches.
Like any responsible consumer I did a lot of research on lots of different wheels. I don't ever plan on racing (unless Strava KOMs count) and have heard mixed reviews from a few different people on their carbon brake rims so I wanted a solid clincher wheel that didn't break the bank and could handle descents down some of the big mountains here. There's a reason HED's technology is so desired (even from other wheel companies (Zipp, anyone?)) and today proved that for me. These wheels made my ride more fun, more fast, and I can't wait to see how they do when the weather is more calm. Plus, the black logos look way cool.
Fantastic all-around wheelset
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had these for a few years. They are a great compromise between aero efficiency and cross-wind stability at a great price. They ride great and give you a noticeable increase in speed, esp +20mph. They don't get too bothered by crosswinds. The braking is fantastic and even the weight is pretty reasonable. I'm running them with 25mm tires for an even plusher ride. I am puzzled, though, as to why HED hasn't made a 25mm wide rim with this wheel -- as they have with the Jet 40 and 60. Having a 25mm wide rim might make these great wheels even better.
I want to put a Dura-Ace 10-speed cassette on this hub. Does the wheel set come with a spacer to accommodate the 10-speed cassette on the 11-speed compatible hub?
Mine came with a 2mm and a 1mm spacer.
Shouldn't your cassette have that spacer?? I think that comes with cassette. Local Bike shop should have one.
What is the optimal tire size for these rims? 23 or 25?
Are these SRAM compatible?
Yeah, SRAM and Shimano are interchangable (in terms of wheels)
Great braking, great value
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The biggest trepidation I have with carbon clinchers is the brake surface. I HATE carbon braking surfaces. They've gotten much better in the last 5 years but they are still vastly inferior to an aluminum braking surface. Living here in Utah, I have to have confidence in my braking. This wheel is light, cheap, aero, and has fantastic braking. I've raced it, I've trained on it; and as a cat 1 roadie I have full confidence in this wheel. They're not as light as the lightest tubies and not as aero as the deepest dimpled wheelset; but they're half the price and 99% as good.
yes the wheels come with a tubeless rimstrip.
which brake pads are recommended for this...
which brake pads are recommended for this wheels?
These are alloy rims with a carbon bonded fairing. That being said, any brake pad that works on an alloy wheel will work on these. I personally use Kool Stop Dura2 black brake pads as a cost effective and high performing pad. Hope this helps.